February 15th, 2011

The Big Society

 As far as I can make out the Big Society is about persuading hundreds of thousands of citizens- who haven't volunteered before- to leave their tellys and X boxes and get out and take up the burden of care that has hitherto been shouldered by the state. They are expected to do this for no more incentive than the encouragement and smiling benison of the PM- and at a time when existing charities are being starved of funds and driven to the wall. I'm trying to keep the cynicism out of my voice- because who can be opposed to volunteers and volunteering?- but this is the politics of sixth form debate.

A viable social policy needs to be driven by something rather more substantial than a belief in miracles...